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Vivian Li


Associate Professor - Xing Hai Conservatory of Music


Born into a family of artists, Chinese-Canadian pianist Dr. Vivian Sui-Rong Li began her career at the age of five with her debut at Guangzhou’s Friendship Opera House and has gone on to steadily build a career as one of China’s most respected young musicians. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China.

Dr. Li began her studies at the age of four under the tutelage of her father, renowned Chinese pianist Qi Li, and the supervision of her mother, renowned Chinese classical ballerina Xianping Su. After a period of study at Xinghai Conservatory’s Affiliated Middle School, Dr. Li immigrated to Toronto, Canada where she completed high school and her Artist Diploma from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Following this, she was accepted with a full scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory where she did her undergraduate studies with the esteemed French pianist, Monique Duphil, herself a student of Marguerite Long. Upon graduation, she was awarded Oberlin’s prestigious William R. Abate Outstanding Pianist Award given to the finest pianist of each graduating class. She proceeded to finish her studies with Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Houston under the guidance of Horacio Gutierrez and Nancy Weems. During her school years, she received considerable additional guidance in a masterclass from Dmitry Bashkirov, Anton Kuerti, Abbey Simon, Christopher Elton, Ferenc Rados, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and Stanislav Ioudenitch.


She also distinguished herself in numerous competitions including prizes in Canada’s CMC International Stepping Stone Competition, the Grace Welsh International Piano Competition, and San Antonio International Competition, and in concerts including one performance ofRavel’s G major piano concerto which left the revered pianist Abbey Simon exclaiming, “She played like my friends of the old generation past.”In 2005, Dr. Li returned to her childhood home of Guangzhou to join the piano faculty of Qinghai Conservatory. Her students routinely go on to study in major conservatories across the world and take top prizes in important competitions nationwide and abroad. In the past few years, Vivian’s students have distinguished themselves in major international competitions such as Hamamatsu, Cleveland, Gina Bachauer, and Cliburn Junior while taking top prizes at Beijing Chopin, Zhuhai Mozart, Ettlingen, Sendai, and Aarhus. She is also highly sought after as an adjudicator in major Chinese piano competitions and a regular contributor to China’spremier piano magazine Piano Artistry. Dr. Li maintains an active concert schedule of solo, chamber, and concerto performances both in China and abroad. She is also regular guest faculty at Italy’s Maccagno Piano DaysFestival and Todi Music Masters Piano Festival, Beijing Central Conservatory InternationalChamber Music Festival, Oberlin Piano Festival, Germany’s Gegen den Strom PianoAcademy and Malta Classic Music Academy.

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